Two new teams for Singapore
The final event in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series will be contested by 10 Extreme 40 teams out on the waters of Marina Bay in Singapore over 7-11 December (the 9-11th constituting the public days of the event), the iconic Singapore Flyer providing the backdrop to what will be a dramatic end of season match to claim the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series Overall Championship.
The penultimate event in Almería, Spain was won by Alinghi, while Luna Rossa’s second place elevated the Italian team to the top of the 2011 overall championship results, just a single point ahead of the French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. These two teams will be fighting for overall victory and behind them, six teams will be locked in a close battle to claim third place on the podium.
The Extreme 40 fleet will be boosted by two further entries from France and Switzerland alongside the regular teams of Luna Rossa, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi, The Wave Muscat, Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Oman Air and Team GAC Pindar.
A new team supported by Stéphane Kandler, Soitec and the first club, named Team Extreme – the first club, comes with a strong French crew line-up of Sébastien Col (skipper/mainsail trimmer), Jean-Christophe Mourniac (helmsman), Franck Citeau (trimmer) and Christophe André (bowman). The team will be managed by Bruno Dubois who is more than familiar with the challenges of competing in the highly competitive Extreme 40 field.
“I’m very glad to help this crew to step into this catamaran top-level circuit,” said Stéphane Kandler, K-Challenge’s CEO. “The goal being to have a long-term view and to continue for the 2012 season and beyond, as it is a real opportunity for the future. Sailing multihulls is really becoming a ‘must-have’ regatta format. We have then decided to follow this logic, as it is important to focus on all the high level sailing formats, which is what we’ve been doing since 20 years.”
In addition, Alex Schneiter’s Team TILT will compete in Singapore after their debut in Almería. The Swiss team headed up by Schneiter includes Nicolas Heintz on bow, helmsman Charles Favre and a new addition in the form of tactician Arnaud Psarofaghis, a multihull specialist also competing in the AC45 World Series and previous Moth European Champion: “Almería was for us a great experience,” said Schneiter. “Competing against so many talented people in high performance boats is a privilege that you don’t experience every day! The race format, as well as the overall organisation, is just amazing. There is constant pressure on the water and not only we did have to adapt to this new environment but we had to play catch up a lot with the other teams present in the circuit since January. We are excited to be back with the Extreme 40 fleet in Singapore and eager to be in the starting blocks!”
Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st Luna Rossa 69 points
2nd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 68 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand 60 points
4th Alinghi 59 points
5th The Wave, Muscat 57 points
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing 53 points
7th Artemis Racing 48 points
8th Oman Air 47 points
9th Team GAC Pindar 29 points
10th Niceforyou 18 points
11th Team Extreme 18 points